Round two of the UCL matches was played yesterday. One interesting fixture that was also played with a high intensity was the match involving defending champions Chelsea and Juventus. Juventus ended the game as winners through a stunner from Federico Chiesa just a minutes into the second half. However, there are five talking points about Chelsea in the match that Thomas Tuchel should address on time before Chelsea's next match in the EPL.
1. Chelsea were not at their best last night. Just like in the Tottenham and Manchester City games, Chelsea's players were lacking and poor in the first 45 minutes. Failure to take advantage of the first half means that in the second half, when they went behind, there was little Chelsea could do.
2. Federico Chiesa was allowed to bully the Chelsea defence just like Mahrez and Jack Grealish did, and when the goal came in, it seemed Chelsea's defence was on holiday. The defenders were caught sleeping when Federico Chiesa capped his bullying with a fine stunner in the 46th minute to condemn Chelsea to another defeat in their last two matches.
3. Ruben Loftus-Cheek's introduction into the game brings Chelsea back alive. He was, for me, the best player of the night for Chelsea, as he made purposeful ball movements upfront. He was the only useful link to Romelu Lukaku. In my opinion, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has proven he is a starting eleven and not a bench warmer. At least until Mason Mount recovers from his injury.
4. Chelsea midfielders were all passive. For the second time in as many roles, the midfielders never truly got hold of the game until close to the final minutes of the match. The signs were already there, I believe, but Thomas Tuchel just didn't do much to address them prior to these recent matches. A real number 10 is lacking and was felt in the match against Juventus.
5. Hakimi Ziyech is no longer the player we noticed in preseason and has continued to underperform recently. Instead of Ziyech, Thomas should give Timo Werner more time, because I very much believe that Chelsea could make use of his pace when running with the ball, as well as his speed and the spaces he creates in attack.
6. It seems like Thomas Tuchel lacks the ability or the ideas that can change a losing position to a winning one. Chelsea should not expect to always go up first. Thomas Tuchel should find a system that will help him fight back whenever he concedes a goal.
Two straight losses in the same situation, with the same goal margin and no adequate response. This, in my opinion, is a bad sign. Something must be done immediately.
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